New Canaan Country School, a Pre-K through Grade 9 co-ed, independent day school, serves approximately 570 students from diverse backgrounds living in 18 different towns/cities across Fairfield and Westchester counties. Our mission is to create an active, joyful learning environment where children are challenged to think deeply, question confidently, and act generously so that they may lead lives of impact and purpose. We believe that childhood is in itself an integral part of life to be lived fully and happily. A talented and devoted faculty engages our students in developmentally appropriate ways, delivering a challenging curriculum that builds intellectual skills and fosters creative and critical thinking.
The Arts program at NCCS consists of Performing Arts and Visual Arts curricula, providing students with child-centered, age-appropriate arts experiences throughout all of the Country School years. Visual Arts experiences include painting, drawing, printmaking, digital design, pottery, and more. Performing Arts experiences include general music, choral and band ensembles, drama and dance. NCCS seeks a Lower School Music & Movement teacher to teach Grades 1-3, produce several community-wide performances each year, and run the bi-weekly Lower School assembly.
Teach music and movement to Grades 1-3
Include singing, movement, and recorder (Grade 3) in the curriculum
Evaluate students’ growth, keep appropriate records, and prepare narrative reports.
Produce several performances each year
Plan, organize, and run bi-weekly student-led assemblies for the Lower School community
Perform additional divisional responsibilities (lunch duty, recess supervision, etc.) as assigned by the Lower School Division Head
Possibly assist with Middle School and/or Upper School general music classes depending on scheduling
Report to the Director of the Arts
A love of teaching music and movement
Experience with, or knowledge of, a movement-based music program such as Ruth Doing’s “Rhythms”, Lynn Kleiner’s “Kids Can Listen, Kids Can Move”, and John Feierabend’s “First Steps in Music”
Bachelor’s Degree in music or education (Master’s Degree preferred)
Shares a joy of music with students
Actively participates in the Lower School community
Demonstrates cultural competency
Possesses strong communication skills
Cultivates a joyful, vibrant, inclusive, and welcoming classroom community supported by strong classroom management skills
Is flexible and works well with teams and individuals, all while possessing a positive attitude
Enjoys leading group activities
Has a willingness to partner with grade-level teams and incorporate homeroom themes into music class when appropriate
About New Canaan Country School
New Canaan Country School is a co-ed, independent day school for students in Pre-K (ages 3 & 4) through Grade 9 living in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Located in New Canaan, CT, and serving 570 students, our mission is to guide students to reach their intellectual, creative, moral, and physical potential. A talented and devoted faculty engages our students in developmentally appropriate ways, delivering a challenging curriculum that builds intellectual skills and fosters creative and critical thinking. We lead by example and challenge students to fulfill their potential, find their path, and follow their passions whether in the classroom, on the playing fields, on the stage, or serving the community.